Prime Minsters Born in 20th Century
Did you know there were 9 prime ministers of Great Britain born in the 20th Century? In chronological order of their dates of birth, we’ve listed them below and identified the nearest Treasure Trail to their place of birth. Well, we do like to be topical if we can!
Alec Douglas-Home, was born in Mayfair in 1903 and we have the perfect Spy Mission around his neck of the woods, set around Mayfair. The Trail begins at Green Park station and concludes in nearby Shepherd Market, the site of the original May Fair.
James Callaghan started his life in Portsmouth in 1912. The Murder Mystery Trail there takes you around the historical area of Old Portsmouth. As you walk the cobbled streets you can absorb the history of Spice Island or 'Portsmouth Point' with its fantastic harbour views incorporating old and new together. History shows us that Spice Island was once outside the boundaries of Portsmouth and was a place renowned for its gambling, boozing and debauchery. Not so now, the area is one of the most desirable areas in Portsmouth to live or to visit.
Harold Wilson, was a northerner, born in Huddersfield in 1916. Whilst we don’t have a Trail around Huddersfield, we have one not far away at Holmfirth. As you walk the Murder Mystery you may recognise some parts of the town which were filmed for the TV programme "Last of the Summer Wine".
Edward Heath was also born in 1916 and he started life in Broadstairs. There isn’t a Trail yet in Broadstairs, but probably the nearest is Herne Bay, a wonderful little gem of a seaside town. This Treasure Hunt themed Trail begins right on the seafront, visiting clues as far as the pier and then inland to the Memorial Gardens, the main shopping street and ending with a pot of gold!
The late Margaret Thatcher as many people know was born in Grantham in 1925. The Spy Mission around Grantham takes you round the historic heart of a bustling and vibrant market town. See where Margaret Thatcher lived and Isaac Newton went to school. Visit the second tallest Church in Lincolnshire and take a stroll along the scenic river banks. Grantham has a splendid mix of old and new and is steeped in history.
John Major is from the home counties, born in Carshalton in 1943. There is no Trail particularly near to his birthplace.
To make up for the lack of Trails around Carshalton, next on the list is Tony Blair who hails from Edinburgh in 1953 and there are four routes to follow around this famous Scottish city. The one we are choosing for this post is the Treasure Hunt themed Trail called Edinburgh Old Town that starts in Market Street. It continues down the lower half of the Royal Mile, past the Scottish Parliament to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, by our Dynamic Earth and back up the Royal Mile to the start point.
Also from Scotland, is Gordon Brown who was born in Giffnock, Renfrewshire in 1951 where there are a whopping seven Trails in nearby Glasgow! The Murder Mystery, guides you through the most historic parts of the City, where its patron saint, St Mungo, founded his church near to where Glasgow Cathedral now stands. The area was also the site of a famous battle involving Scottish hero, William Wallace, and many of the city's famous citizens are honoured here too.
David Cameron is a Londoner, born in 1966 in Harley Street and the Murder Mystery that starts and finishes at Bond Street tube station will lead you around the quiet, character-filled streets between Oxford Street and Regent's Park, with speciality shops, gardens, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Look up, look down, look all around you to find and solve the clues, and find historical treasures as you go.
We thought we might have a tenth person's birth place to link up to a Treasure Trail - just shows how wrong you can be!